Deep Purple in Rock

Deep Purple in Rock is the fourth studio album by English rock band Deep Purple, released in June 1970. It was the first studio album recorded by the Mark II line-up of Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice.

The album was the band's breakthrough album in Europe and peaked at No. 4 in the UK, remaining in the charts for months. (The band's prior MK I albums had been much better received in the United States and Canada than in their homeland.) An accompanying single, "Black Night" reached No. 2. The album was supported by the successful In Rock World Tour, which lasted 15 months. The album has continued to attract critical praise as a key example of the hard rock genre.

Deep Purple in Rock
Deep Purple in Rock
Studio album by
Released3 June 1970
Recorded14 October 1969 – 13 April 1970
LabelHarvest (Europe, Oceania, South America)
Warner Bros. (USA, Canada & Japan)
ProducerDeep Purple
Deep Purple chronology
Deep Purple
Deep Purple in Rock
25th anniversary edition
Deep Purple in Rock - Anniversary edition


Deep Purple MkII were formed in June 1969, after founding members Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord and Ian Paice decided to replace original lead singer Rod Evans with someone who could tackle a hard rock style. Lord and Blackmore had initially met with Paice, with Blackmore recalling wanting to "have a go at being really heavy" after hearing Led Zeppelin's debut album.[1] The three went to see a gig by local band Episode Six on 4 June, and after Blackmore sat in with the band, they offered vocalist Ian Gillan the job.[2]

While the original lineup of Deep Purple included experienced musicians, none of the five were accomplished songwriters.[3] Thus, Deep Purple's earlier work ranged from psychedelic hard rock built around Blackmore riffs, to classical-influenced tracks developed and arranged by Lord, to cover songs that ranged from The Beatles to Neil Diamond, among others.[4] Gillan and Episode Six bassist Roger Glover had a good amount of songwriting experience, and consequently Glover was also recruited into the band.[5] The group initially met and developed song ideas in secrecy, not telling Evans or founding bassist Nick Simper because the MkI lineup still had tour dates to complete, with their final show happening on 4 July.[6] The Mark II Deep Purple lineup debuted live at The Speakeasy Club in London on 10 July 1969, even though Gillan and Glover did not play their final show with Episode Six until 26 July.[7]

The MkII lineup began to tour extensively, and found they had good musical chemistry together.[8] Hanwell Community Centre was booked for the band to rehearse and write new material. The basic structure of "Child in Time" was worked out at these sessions.[9] "Flight of the Rat" evolved during rehearsals from a humorous re-arrangement of "Flight of the Bumble Bee" by Glover.[10]

Though In Rock was this lineup's first studio album, two other MkII recordings preceded it: the Greenaway-Cook penned single "Hallelujah"[11] and the ambitious Concerto for Group and Orchestra, a Jon Lord composition that was recorded live on 24 September 1969 by the band with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.[12]

In Rock was recorded at IBC Studios in London, with the first sessions in October, 1969. Recording was spaced out between gigs, which were needed to provide the band with income, and continued intermittently until May the following year.[10] The band's US record company, Tetragrammaton declared bankruptcy in early 1970, meaning an uncertainty of the album being released in the US. Warner Bros subsequently bought out the Tetragrammaton contract.[13]

The cover depicts the band in a rock sculpture inspired by Mount Rushmore.

Critical reception

According to Tony Dolan in Deep Purple: a Critical Retrospective, the first MkII album Concerto for Group and Orchestra had given Deep Purple much needed publicity in the UK, but the band – Ritchie Blackmore in particular – were determined that they "would not be labeled as a novelty act. He was adamant that the next studio album should be an all-out assault on the eardrums. As Blackmore said to others, 'if it’s not dramatic or exciting, it has no place on this album.' In Rock was everything Blackmore had envisaged and more. It would remain in the UK charts for over a year. Deep Purple had finally found its niche with its hard-driving, heavy, thunderous, powerful rock."[15]

Rock journalist Malcolm Dome stated that "In Rock is one of the great albums...not just by Purple, by anybody." On new members Gillan and Glover, he added: "How Ian Gillan remains completely in control of his voice whilst going completely insane is remarkable. And Roger Glover was unfussy, but very good technically...also contributing nicely and impressively to songwriting."[15]


Unlike the three Mark I albums, which all included some cover songs, every song on In Rock is credited to the five Deep Purple band members.

Among the album's songs, "Child in Time", "Into the Fire" and "Speed King" were regularly played at concerts during the Mark II era. "Speed King" started as an opener, but later would be more frequently performed as an encore, along with the non-album single "Black Night".

"Child in Time" is considered one of the most prominent songs of the Mark II era, especially before the release of "Smoke on the Water" in 1972. Jon Lord developed the main riff's chord structure, which is based around[16] the song "Bombay Calling" from American band It's a Beautiful Day. ("We made no attempt to hide it," said Gillan. In return, It's a Beautiful Day recorded the Deep Purple instrumental "Wring that Neck" almost note-for-note, and called it "Don and Dewey".) "Child in Time" would be a concert staple for every version of Deep Purple that included Gillan, up until the singer's voice could no longer support it. Ian Gillan tells on his homepage:

"It was 1969 and the band was rehearsing at a Community Centre in West London; it was either Southall or Hanwell. Jon Lord was dicking around (or 'extemporising on a theme' as it's known in the trade) with a tune from the new album by 'It's a Beautiful Day', it was 'Bombay Calling'. I started singing and the words came easily because we were all aware of the nuclear threat which hovered over us at this time which was probably when the 'cold war' was at its hottest."[17]

Lord used both the Leslie speaker and a Marshall amplifier with his Hammond organ, therefore the organ sound varies throughout the album's songs. (Example: "Living Wreck" – Leslie speaker, "Hard Lovin' Man" – Marshall amplifier.)

The song "Bloodsucker" would be re-recorded 28 years later, with Steve Morse on guitar, and retitled "Bludsucker" for Deep Purple's 1998 album Abandon.

Later editions

In some countries, including Mexico, Deep Purple in Rock also included "Black Night", a single recorded during the sessions.

The U.S. release of the album cut the intro to "Speed King", which lasts just over a minute. It remains edited on the standard Warner Bros. U.S. release, but was restored to full length on the 25th Anniversary package.

In 1995 a remastered and revised 25th anniversary edition of the album was released by EMI. The remastering and remixing job was overseen by Roger Glover. The album adds "Black Night", some remixes, plus two bonus songs ("Cry Free" and "Jam Stew") that were recorded during the In Rock sessions but not included on the original album. In 2013, this particular edition of the album turned Gold in the UK.

On 21 July 2009 audiophile label Audio Fidelity released a remastered version of Deep Purple in Rock on a limited edition 24 karat gold CD. Mastering for the CD was performed by Steve Hoffman. This release follows the original 7-track format with no bonus tracks.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[18]

In 2005, the album won the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards (given by the British monthly magazine Classic Rock) in the category Classic Album. The award was presented to Ian Gillan, Ian Paice, Jon Lord and Ritchie Blackmore.

Track listing

All tracks written by Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice.

Side one
1."Speed King"5:52
3."Child in Time"10:18
Side two
4."Flight of the Rat"7:53
5."Into the Fire"3:30
6."Living Wreck"4:31
7."Hard Lovin' Man"7:11
25th Anniversary Edition Bonus Tracks
8."Black Night" (original single version)3:27
9."Studio Chat (1)"0:28
10."Speed King" (piano version)4:14
11."Studio Chat (2)"0:25
12."Cry Free" (Roger Glover remix)3:20
13."Studio Chat (3)"0:05
14."Jam Stew (Instrumental)" (unreleased instrumental)2:30
15."Studio Chat (4)"0:40
16."Flight of the Rat" (Roger Glover remix)7:53
17."Studio Chat (5)"0:31
18."Speed King" (Roger Glover remix)5:52
19."Studio Chat (6)"0:23
20."Black Night" (unedited Roger Glover remix)4:47


Deep Purple

Additional personnel


Weekly charts

Year Chart Position
1970 UK Albums Chart 4
1970 Austrian Albums Charts 1
1970 German Albums Chart[21] 1
1970 Norwegian Record Charts 5
1970 Italian Albums Charts 7
1970 Dutch Albums Charts 7
1970 French Albums Charts 7
1970 Danish Albums Charts 8
1970 Polish Albums Charts 9
1970 Swedish Albums Charts 11
1970 Japanese Albums Charts 68
1970 US Billboard 200 143
1971 Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart 1
1975 Danish Albums Chart[22] 15
Year Title Chart Position
1970 "Black Night" UK Singles Chart[23] 2
1980 43
1995 "Black Night" (Remix) 66


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[24] Gold 30,000^
France (SNEP)[25] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[26] Gold 250,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[27] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[28] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[29] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Kerrang! United Kingdom "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time"[30] 1989 15
Guitarist United Kingdom "Top 50 Most Influential Guitar Albums of All Time Ever"[31] 1994 8
Q United Kingdom "50 Best Albums of The '70's"[32] 1998 48
Kerrang! United Kingdom "100 Best British Rock Albums Ever"[33] 2005 56
Classic Rock United Kingdom "100 Greatest British Rock Album Ever"[34] 2006 13
1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die United States "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die"[35] 2006 *

(*) designates unordered lists.



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External links

Abandon (album)

Abandon is the sixteenth studio album by the British hard rock band Deep Purple, released in the Spring of 1998. It was Deep Purple's second album with Steve Morse on guitar and the last album to feature founding member Jon Lord prior to his departure in 2002.

The album was followed by a successful 1998/1999 world tour which brought Deep Purple to Australia for the first time in 15 years. In 1999 a live album and DVD Total Abandon: Australia '99 recorded in Melbourne on 20 April 1999 was released.

The album title is actually a pun from Ian Gillan – "A Band On" – and the album was followed by the "A Band on Tour". Uniquely for a Deep Purple studio album, it features a reworking of a previously recorded song – "Bloodsucker" from Deep Purple in Rock (here re-titled "Bludsucker"). "Don't Make Me Happy" was mistakenly mastered in mono, and not amended on the final release. One of the two versions of the song released on promo single was, however, mastered in stereo.

Child in Time

"Child in Time" is a song by the English rock band Deep Purple. Loosely inspired by the Cold War, it is featured on the band's 1970 album Deep Purple in Rock and runs for over 10 minutes.

Deep Purple discography

The following is the discography of Deep Purple, an English rock band.

Formed in 1968 by Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Rod Evans, Ritchie Blackmore, and Nick Simper, Deep Purple released their debut album, Shades of Deep Purple, in July of that year.

They have undergone many changes of personnel over the years, and today Ian Paice is the only member from the original line-up still with the band. The other members currently are Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Steve Morse and Don Airey. (See also List of Deep Purple band members).

Fireball (album)

Fireball is the fifth album by English Rock band Deep Purple, released in 1971 and the second with the Mk II line-up. It was recorded at various times between September 1970 and June 1971. It became the first of the band's two UK No. 1 albums, though it did not stay on the charts as long as its predecessor, Deep Purple In Rock.

Hard Lovin' Man (album)

Hard Lovin' Man is an album by the Japanese noise musician Merzbow. The album is a deconstruction of the song "Hard Lovin' Man" by Deep Purple from their album Deep Purple in Rock. The first track was recorded live at the Avanto 2000 festival in Helsinki, Finland and was later remixed at Merzbow's home studio. The second track is a studio recording from a month earlier.

In Rock

In Rock may refer to:

In Rock (The Minus 5 album)

Deep Purple in Rock, an album by Deep Purple

List of Deep Purple band members

Deep Purple are an English hard rock band from Hertford, Hertfordshire. Originally known as Roundabout, the group formed in March 1968 featuring vocalist Rod Evans, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, bassist Nick Simper, drummer Ian Paice and keyboardist Jon Lord. This first lineup of the band, known as Mark I, released three albums within the space of a year – Shades of Deep Purple, The Book of Taliesyn and Deep Purple – before Evans and Simper were fired from the band at the request of Blackmore and Lord. Mark II of Deep Purple saw Ian Gillan and Roger Glover replace Evans and Simper, respectively, in the summer of 1969. This lineup of the band has since been identified as their most successful, with their next four albums reaching the top four of the UK Albums Chart, including number-one albums Fireball and Machine Head.After the release of seventh studio album Who Do We Think We Are in early 1973, Gillan left the group due to creative differences with Blackmore, and was followed shortly by Glover. Deep Purple, Mark III were formed later in the year with the addition of vocalist David Coverdale and bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes. This lineup released two studio albums – Burn and Stormbringer, both in 1974 – before founding member Blackmore left the band, reportedly due to the new influences of funk rock presented by Coverdale and Hughes. Mark IV of the band, featuring Tommy Bolin in place of Blackmore, released their only album Come Taste the Band in 1975, before breaking up the following year.After almost ten years disbanded, Deep Purple reformed in 1984 with the Mark II lineup of Gillan, Blackmore, Glover, Paice and Lord. However, after just two albums – 1984's Perfect Strangers and 1987's The House of Blue Light – Gillan left the band once again following tensions with Blackmore. He was briefly replaced by Joe Lynn Turner, who had performed with Blackmore in Rainbow, before returning again just a few years later. Blackmore departed again in 1993 and was replaced briefly by Joe Satriani, before current guitarist Steve Morse joined in his place permanently in 1994 to begin Deep Purple Mark VII. Another original member, keyboardist Lord, departed in 2002, leaving only drummer Paice as the only constant member; Lord later died of pancreatic cancer in 2012. Lord's replacement was Don Airey.

List of Top 25 albums for 1971 in Australia

The following lists the top 25 (end of year) charting albums on the Australian Album Charts, for the year of 1971. These were the best charting albums in Australia for 1971. The source for this year is the "Kent Music Report", known from 1987 onwards as the "Australian Music Report".

These charts are calculated by David Kent of the Kent Music Report and they are based on the number of weeks and position the records reach within the top 100 albums for each week.

source: David Kent's "Australian Chart Book 1970-1992"

Live in Montreux 69

Live in Montreux 69 is a live album by English rock band Deep Purple, recorded 4 October 1969 in Montreux, released in 2006. It was recorded in the Montreux Casino that burned down two years later.

It featured some first performances of "Speed King" and "Child in Time", which were released on Deep Purple in Rock eight months later. The live version of "Kentucky Woman" is the only known surviving MkII performance of the song.

Live in Montreux 69 was first issued as a limited edition digipak (Sonic Zoom PUR 207D) under the title Kneel & Pray in 2004.

Loud 'n' Raw

Loud 'n' Raw is the fourth live album by the Japanese band Loudness. It was released in 1995 only in Japan. "Speed King" is a cover of the Deep Purple's song from the album Deep Purple in Rock.

Martin Birch

Martin Birch is a British former music producer and sound engineer, who became renowned for engineering and producing albums by the British rock bands Deep Purple, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, and Iron Maiden.

Now What? World Tour

The Now What? World Tour was a worldwide 2013–2015 concert tour by British hard rock band Deep Purple which began on February 21, 2013 in the United Arab Emirates. It started in anticipation of their studio album Now What?!, finally released on 26 April 2013.

Powerhouse (Deep Purple album)

Powerhouse is a 1977 compilation album by Deep Purple, featuring previously unreleased live and studio tracks from the band's Mark II line-up at the height of its powers. The album achieved Gold Certification in Japan.

Rapture of the Deep tour

The Rapture of the Deep tour was a worldwide concert tour by British hard rock band Deep Purple.

It took place in support of their 2005 studio album Rapture of the Deep. It is supposed to be one of the most successful and long-lasting tours the band has ever done. In 2007, it was voted #6 tour of the year by listeners of the Planet Rock radio station.

Speed King

"Speed King" is a song by British hard rock band Deep Purple from their 1970 album Deep Purple in Rock. The song is one of the loudest from the album. A live version from Deep Purple in Concert was released as the B-side of the US release of the single "Black Night".

"Speed King" is not a cover, however many of its lyrics are borrowed from popular oldies, including "Rip It Up", "Good Golly Miss Molly", "Tutti Frutti", "Great Balls Of Fire" and "The Battle of New Orleans". The song was the first song to be written by vocalist Ian Gillan, who wrote the lyrics by writing down a mix of lines from Elvis Presley, Little Richard and Chuck Berry songs in the order that they came to mind. In an interview with Gillan, he stated: "The first things that came into my head were Chuck Berry and Little Richard words, so I just stole them." Possibly because of this, the song was never played without him. However, during the years that he has been in the band, it has been one of the band's staple live performances.

The Long Goodbye Tour

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The Platinum Collection (Deep Purple album)

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The Songs That Built Rock Tour

The Songs That Built Rock Tour was a 2011-12 world concert tour by British hard rock band Deep Purple.

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